Artful Reading

Katherine Govier

discusses her novel

The Ghost Brush

Wednesday, April 3rd 2:00-3:30PM

Cost: $25 + HST – Registration

A lost voice of old Japan reclaims her rightful place in history in this breathtaking work of imagination and scholarship from award-winning and internationally acclaimed author Katherine Govier. In the evocative tale of 19th century Tokyo, The Printmaker’s Daughter delivers an enthralling tale of one of the world’s great unknown artists: Oei, the mysterious daughter of master printmaker Hokusai, creator of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. This exotic, bygone era forms the richly captivating backdrop for an intimate, finely wrought story of daughterhood and duty, art and authorship, the immortality of creation and the anonymity of history.

Katherine has published 10 novels, 3 short story collections and 2 anthologies of travel writing. She has won the City of Toronto Book Award and the Marian Engel Award. She is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Alberta, one of York University’s “Famous Fifty” alumni, and has been recognized by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association for Excellence in the Arts.

Katherine’s novel CREATION, about John James Audubon, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her novel THE GHOST BRUSH has been published in the United States, France, Spain, Romania, Latvia, and Japan.  Her most recent novel is THE THREE SISTERS BAR AND HOTEL, set in the fictional town of Gateway, on the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

Katherine Govier’s book “The Ghost Brush” will be available for sale at ArteMbassy throughout the month of March.  $20

Please email to arrange for a copy.

Artful Reading with Beverley Fingerhut

Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel

Part One – Wednesday, May 22nd  2:00-3:30PM
Part Two – Wednesday, June 12th  2:00-3:30PM

Cost: each $25 + HST – Registration

Ninth Street Women

Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art
By Mary Gabriel

The rich, revealing, and thrilling story of five women whose lives and painting propelled a revolution in modern art, from the National Book Award finalist.

Set amid the most turbulent social and political period of modern times, Ninth Street Women is the impassioned, wild, sometimes tragic, always exhilarating chronicle of five women who dared to enter the male-dominated world of twentieth-century abstract painting–not as muses but as artists. From their cold-water lofts, where they worked, drank, fought, and loved, these pioneers burst open the door to the art world for themselves and countless others to come.


The book review will be presented by Beverley Fingerhut, followed by a group discussion.  Beverley holds degrees in history and art history.  She is a former docent of the Art Gallery of Ontario.  Beverley has done book reviews for public and private book clubs.